Ben Smith is a two time Emmy award winning weekday meteorologist on WHNT News 19 This Morning. He brings 17 years of television experience to the table.

Ben is a certified broadcast meteorologist originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia. He says he’s always been interested in weather from grade school, tracking snowstorms up the east coast and doing weather on the morning announcements in high school. After graduating high school, he attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina where in 1996 he received a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Geography.

Ben landed his first on-air job right out of college at WNCT-TV in Greenville, NC where he did weather for five years. While working at WNCT, he went back to school and received a certificate in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Ben has also worked in Chattanooga and Birmingham, where he worked at WIAT-42 from 2001-2003. Ben was the Chief Meteorologist at WSAV in Savannah, Georgia for four years. From there, he worked for WFTV in Orlando, Florida.

Ben has been involved in the direct landfalls of several hurricanes including Bertha, Bonnie, Dennis, Fran and Floyd in 1999. Along with the WNCT staff, he was honored to be awarded the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for continuous coverage of Hurricane Floyd.

Ben holds seals from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and also has the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal of approval as well. He also serves on the National Weather Association seal evaluation committee.

In his spare time, Ben watches sports (the N.Y. Jets & Virginia Cavaliers). He also enjoys working out, going to church, and the beach.

Recent Articles
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    Jerry Foster continues to make an impact even after retirement

    Jerry Foster is this week’s Tools For Teachers winner! Mr. Foster has dedicated more than 30 years of his life to teaching. He just retired, but still helps out around Florence High School. Principal Lynne Hice is happy to still have him around. “Mr. Foster is an incredible person and incredible educator.” She credits Mr. Foster for helping take the school’s fine arts program to the next level. “Our fine arts academy is where it is today because of the dedication and the […]

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    Colbert Heights teacher makes learning fun and strives to impact kids’ lives

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. – When Kayla Woodruff enters her classroom, she hopes to make an impact every day. “I’ve always wanted to be a teacher even when I was very little,” said Woodruff. “I just want to make a difference in the world and this is one of the best jobs to be able to do that.” Mrs. Woodruff teaches first grade at Colbert Heights Elementary School in Tuscumbia. Principal Alvie Shaw credits Mrs. Woodruff’s fondness for her students as a key […]

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    Tools For Teachers winner’s dedication is both in and out of class

    JACKSON COUNTY — I think we all know someone in life that does a little extra than what’s required  and is helpful and caring. These are a few characteristics that describe this week’s Tools For Teachers winner. Shirlene Moore teaches at Section High School in Jackson County. Her principal, Gene Roberts, is proud to have her on staff. “She is an outstanding teacher, works very hard at what she does.” He said Moore goes above and beyond the call of duty for both […]

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    Nicole Bears Down On Bermuda

    A hurricane warning is in effect for the island of Bermuda. The center will pass through this morning bringing hurricane force winds, heavy rain, power outages, and possible tornadoes.     The track moves the system northeast past Bermuda this afternoon and quickly out to sea. The system will not impact the United States.   Here is the 4am CT advisory from the National Hurricane Center:   BULLETIN HURRICANE NICOLE ADVISORY NUMBER  37 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       AL152016 […]

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    Lincoln County math teacher humbled by student achievements: “I don’t do this to win prizes”

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. – Getting the best out of her students and expecting the same from herself. Let us introduce you to Tacsha Osgood, who teaches fourth grade math at Highland Rim School in Fayetteville. Principal Garth Garris said Osgood strives to get the best out of her students. “She doesn’t take okay. Okay is not acceptable to her,” Garris said. “She believes they all can continue to grow and get better. She loves the students — that’s her number one priority […]

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    Love & kindness wins Tools For Teachers Award for Kay Crook

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – How would you like to start off every day with a hug and smile? Fans of Kay Crook say the Chaffee Elementary School teacher makes it her goal to ensure each student starts the school day on a positive note. “Starting the day this way can turn around a whole day for some of these kids and her kindness has not gone unnoticed,” said Carrie Kimbel who nominated Mrs. Crook for our weekly “Tools for Teachers” award. […]

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    Hurricane Matthew – What To Expect

    First thing, this system won’t impact the Tennessee Valley or our Gulf Coast. This is one of the few times where we have a good idea where this system is headed. There is no guarantee of a direct landfall in the United States, but we are confident there will be areas impacted along the east coast this weekend. Here are a few things we know: Model Agreement: For one of the few times in tracking hurricanes this far in advance, […]

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    Johnson Elementary School teacher honored for dedication to students

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Reading is one of life’s fundamental skills.  That’s why it’s so critical to make sure students have the right person to help put them on a path to success. Johnson Elementary School principal Brad Lewis says that description fits reading specialist Amy Goff like a glove. “She works with all of our students in Kindergarten through 5th grade,” said Lewis.  “She works with students who are struggling in reading and students we have screened for dyslexic […]

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    Brindlee Mountain High School Science teacher wins Tools For Teachers award

    MARSHALL COUNTY – Kevin Hendrix, a teacher at Brindlee Mountain High School, proves it’s never too early to stand out. His principal, David McCollum, noticed that right from the start. “He is a first-year teacher. Bright eyed, bushy tailed, really cares about the kids,” said McCollum. The Brindlee Mountain High School principal says two words come to mind when talking about this week’s Tools For Teachers honoree, Kevin Hendrix.  One is energy, the other is passion. That passion led McCollum to charge […]

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    Corley Elementary School librarian wins Tools For Teachers award

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – Our second Tools For Teachers award of the 2016-17 school year takes us to Boaz and Corley Elementary. When you think of a librarian, books come to mind. To the people at Corley Elementary School in Boaz, Jodi Eckhoff is so much more. Allison Haygood, the school’s principal, says Eckhoff is involved in several projects. “She is on our budget committee. She helps with our sunshine committee. She also played a key role in our fall festival […]

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    Special education teacher honored for dedication inside and outside the classroom

    MADISON COUNTY – Students are back in class for a new school year.  That means we are heading back to school as well to recognize teachers who go above and beyond the call of duty. This year, WHNT News 19 Meteorologist Ben Smith will be awarding $319 each week to a deserving public school teacher in the Tennessee Valley. Recently, Ben traveled to Sparkman High School in Madison County to honor Amy Alsup as a recipient of the first Tools […]

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    Strong Tropical Wave – Could Become Hermine Shortly

    On cue the tropical Atlantic is getting active. There isn’t much left of Fiona and Gaston is way out in the eastern Atlantic. The one system the United States needs to keep a close watch on is just east of the Lesser Antilles. A strong tropical wave continues to move west-northwest across the Atlantic Ocean Tuesday. This system has a chance to become the eighth named storm of the season. Enhanced Satellite Tuesday Morning   Hermine is the next name […]